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The best oils for cold and flu season

The best oils for cold and flu season

Check out some natural ways to relieve symptoms By: Raquel Van Ry Alas, cold and flu season is upon us. Every year I'm determined not to get sick again, yet every year, inevitably, I find myself stuck in bed, 20% thrilled that I don’t have to work but 80% pissed that I’m too sick to enjoy it. That is, until I turn my sick-time into a little me-time. When I get sick, assuming I’m not passed out or stuck by the toilet, I try to create a mini spa for myself at home. Setting up a diffuser with some soothing...

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Why Eucalyptus is the best oil for cold and flu

Why Eucalyptus is the best oil for cold and flu

Self love isn't doing what you would like to do, it's doing what you need to do in order to hold on to whatever shred of health and/or dignity you have left. Whether it's finally ending things with a toxic partner, deleting all of the food delivery service apps off of your phone or putting yourself to bed (even when you're not tired). Eucalyptus is the oil of self-love but it doesn't smell like a lovely flower or fruit. It's a harsh, almost medicinal scent that delivers a potent punch that opens air pathways and cleanses the air of negative...

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How functional fragrance transforms your mood

How functional fragrance transforms your mood

A functional fragrance like essential oils is a tool for creating a self-care process, and while lavender won’t cure a diagnosed anxiety disorder, it will certainly help with relieving everyday feelings of anxiousness. We liken it to going for a run – going for a run won’t be the cure for obesity, but rather it will serve as a tool to help fight obesity in conjunction with other tools such as proper nutrition, etc. Essential oils won’t cure any ailments overnight, but when used daily as part of a self-care process, they begin to do wonders for our moods, our...

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